We all know that children’s publishing in India is flourishing like never before. Writers, illustrators and publishers are innovating at breakneck speed, and reclaiming the attention spans of young readers from the fascinations of the digital universe. How are today’s producers of children’s books addressing questions of diversity, age-appropriate reading, and relatability? Paromita Chakrabarti writes in the Indian Express on how Indian children’s lit is coming into its own.
Speaking of diversity, this piece in The Hindu by Priya Kuriyan asks all the right questions. Speaking to Nagaland-based Canato Jimo, the illustrator of the wordless picture book Snip, Kuriyan wonders whether there are subtle ways for stories to express their unique cultural roots without falling back on the age-old folktale gambit.
Diversity or no diversity, what we really want from a book is joy, pure and simple. Writing for Torchlight journal, Aravinda Anantharaman discusses community libraries in India, and how the spirit of giving and sharing keeps them going.
To sign off, another little dose of joy: Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova shares a beautiful excerpt from the collection A Velocity of Being. In a letter addressed to today’s young readers Jane Goodall writes tenderly and passionately about how dearly she loved books as a child. Happy reading!